Story Warriors #015:  Meeting Buddha in Penn Station: A 9-11 Story

Story Warriors #015:
Meeting Buddha in Penn Station: A 9-11 Story

Everybody of a certain age remembers 9-11.

Who will ever forget the images of the Twin Towers at New York’s World Trade Center being struck by commercial jets at the hands of terrorists and then crashing to the ground?

I certainly won’t.

As a native New Yorker living abroad, 9-11 brought unimaginable feelings of loneliness.

To add salt to the wound, ISL Worldwide, the legendary Swiss-based sports marketing agency, went down in a high-profile bankruptcy four months earlier, and with it, so did my career.

I had come close on two jobs, both C-level roles.

Close, but no cigar.

It was time for a reset.

I flew home to New York for Thanksgiving that year, but I didn’t find the homeland that I knew.

America, once the beacon of hope, had become the spotlight of fear.

I was a stranger in a strange land.

I’d been an immigrant in other lands, but to feel that raw vulnerability entering my homeland, had America changed?

Or had I?

Was there something I needed to discover in my own soul?

Find out on this episode of Story Warriors, the podcast for crafting great stories.

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Photo by José Martín Ramírez Carrasco